Using GIS to Track Variances

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In 2011 the Elk Grove Village GIS (Geographic Information System) and
Clerk’s Office staff began a project to inventory variances for each
property that have been approved throughout the village. A variance is
an approved deviation from the municipal land use or building codes.

Existing variances were pooled from spreadsheets maintained by the
Clerk’s Office and a document management system. The information was
made available to village staff in an interactive map and the variances
were split for display purposes between those that applied to land use
and those that applied to the building code. Consequently some easement
information had to be modified where easement variances existed as
well.

Having this information organized in a way that staff can quickly
determine if any exceptions have been allowed for a property has been
well received and quite useful for staff.

Using GIS to Track Variances

Blog_UsingGIStoTrackVariances.jpg

In 2011 the Elk Grove Village GIS (Geographic Information System) and
Clerk’s Office staff began a project to inventory variances for each
property that have been approved throughout the village. A variance is
an approved deviation from the municipal land use or building codes.

Existing variances were pooled from spreadsheets maintained by the
Clerk’s Office and a document management system. The information was
made available to village staff in an interactive map and the variances
were split for display purposes between those that applied to land use
and those that applied to the building code. Consequently some easement
information had to be modified where easement variances existed as
well.

Having this information organized in a way that staff can quickly
determine if any exceptions have been allowed for a property has been
well received and quite useful for staff.